The BIBLE states, “For the love of money is the root of all evil which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” (I Timothy 6:10) Having money is not the issue; instead, it is the love of money because people will cheat, steal, and kill people for the sake of money!
BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:
The WORD of GOD is always right (yesterday, today, and forever). One of the greatest problems in the World is the love of MONEY which is the root of ALL evil! No mater what station of life people live in (rich or poor), the problem is MONEY! If a pimp has a whore, he’s looking for the MONEY! If you’ve got a mortgage, the banker is looking for the MONEY! If you got children in college, the dean is looking for your MONEY! If you’ve got a car, the State wants you to register it because the State wants your MONEY! None of these people want bananas for payment in lieu of $$$$$’s.
The WORD goes on to say, “But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare and unto many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.” (I Timothy 6:9) Let’s check this out more closely!
(A) The MONEY man/woman will fall into “temptations and a snare” – namely nets and traps. For instance, the broker or a manipulator will find some hoax or money making scheme for the rich man/woman to fund! More than likely, the broker or manipulator gets kickbacks coming whether or not the deal makes money! In the end, the rich man/woman may lose his/her shirt. The devil can make a ridiculous deal seem ethical and beneficial, but it is a trap. Look at the list of people and celebrities who are bankrupt or over-extended in debt.
(B) The MONEY man/woman WILL DROWN himself/herself in “destruction and perdition” which means they will be destroyed and go to hell, unless they repent! Now you can say whatever you like but there is no way to sugar coat GOD’S Word. As Mama use to say, “Youse on your way to hell and happy glad about it!”
(C) The RIGHTEOUS man/woman will FLEE these things and follow after “…righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness, and fight the good fight of faith…and lay hold on eternal life.” (I Timothy 6:11-12) Will it be easy? No. Honey-baby-sugar, it is hard to live godly around fools but the LORD JESUS will give you strength. For this reason, you’ve got to keep your eyes on HIM! If you don’t, you will lose your mind!
IN SUMMARY: Most rich people and/or folks who have more than they need are snobbish and they look down on others – but this does not include all affluent people! Nonetheless, a rich person is not going down to the ghetto to take a poverty stricken old lady (on Section 8) or a single Mom with six children to buy groceries! The rich man is afraid that someone may see him or think he’s the Father or the six kids or that that a roach (or bugs) might crawl out of woman’s purse into his car! Likewise, the big famous Hilton Hotel is not going to let a vagabond stagger into the lobby as the rich folks will check out the hotel – Money!
When you have money, folks won’t leave you alone – this goes for the poor as well. If you have $25.00 somebody wants $12.00. If you have $250.00 in your wallet, I guarantee somebody needs $175.00 to fix their washing machine, to pay a bill, to buy a pair of new shoes, or to impress some woman or man on a date night! If you have $1,200.00, somebody wants $450.00 – they will come up with some kind of flimflam to get it!
Question: IS LOVE DEFINED IN DOLLARS? I mean do you need to prove your love by spending $150.00, $300.00, or $500.00 nightly, weekly, monthly, or yearly on someone? If you take someone out to dinner, he/she should be grateful for the thought and the meal and not the fact that you spent $200.00. If somebody buys a hot-dog (with mustard), French-fries, and a soda and it is from his/her heart, Praise the Lord! Allow me to repeat the topic, “The LOVE of MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL!”
Have a Blessed Day!